While a standard breast augmentation using implants helps patients to add the desired size or volume of their breasts, the breast lift procedure allows them to change the positioning, and “perkiness” of the breasts.
What is a Breast Lift? A breast lift, also known as mastopexy, raises the breasts by removing excess skin, while tightening the surrounding tissue to reshape and support the new breast shape – creating new, youthful contours. Are You a Good Candidate for a Breast Lift? Generally, when it comes to the breast lift procedure, the ideal candidates are those who: Have sagging breasts, that have lost shape and volume as a result of age, pregnancy, fluctuations in weight, or trauma. Have flat, elongated breast shape. Have nipples and areola that slope downward, often falling below the breast crease. Have stretched out, or enlarged areolas. Have asymmetrical breast positioning, (one breast lower than the other).
Often, because the breast lift is designed to give women added lift to their breasts, many women choose to have this procedure done in conjunction with a breast augmentation procedure. In addition, it is important for candidates to be non-smokers, and be in both good mental and physical health, while having realistic expectations for what can be accomplished with a breast lift procedure.
The Procedure There are 3 types of incisions we can use for the breast lift procedure. The first is around the areola, the most convenient and best for resizing. Also, most of the scarring can be hidden very easily.
The second is around the areola and slightly under it. While the final incision is known as the anchor incision. The first, around the areola is relatively convenient, as most scars will not be visible from stretching skin. The second incision allows for resizing of the areola and can also reduce the amount of sagging skin around and to the sides of the breast. The anchor incision is for those who suffer from the most sagging breast tissue, where the nipples are actually pointed downwards, and a lot of skin must be removed.
Recovery & Aftercare Once the procedure is completed, you will be dressed in bandages and dressings to cover your incisions. Some other things to know include: You will experience some pain – pain medication will be provided to help mitigate this pain. Avoid strenuous activities or exercise for at least a few weeks following your surgery. Symptoms like bruising, swelling, redness and more are normal. It’s important to eat, drink, and sleep. You will be able to continue your daily activities after 3-4 weeks, and your final results will be visible within the next few months.
For more information on your Breast Lift, be sure to contact Goals Plastic Surgery today.